Beach Combing For Gardeners
I find many other seeds on the beach too, like starnut palm seeds and 'Mary's bean', as well as natives like coral beans, mangrove seeds, bay bean, and sea grape. I recently even found a long cassia fistula pod, with dry seeds still intact and protected by the waterproof pod. I'll be planting some of the seeds soon, as they appear to be viable!
I also get a lot of creative inspiration from the beach, and I usually lose my cold feet after a walk in the hot sand. Above is a painting I did that was inspired by aerial photography of the offshore reefs, as well as the glassy wall of a breaking wave. I embedded transparent and frosty sea glass into the many layers of paint and resin, making the painting take on different looks as the light strikes it throughout the day.
I painted this after having taken a photo at Gamble Rogers State Park on a camping trip. The dunlins were snatching up mole crabs as they emerged right before the waves crashed. The group of birds was running right ahead of the breaking waves, and in this painting two waves were converging upon them, which I thought made an interesting composition.
The 'other stuff' includes a mulch of white and seafoam colored sea glass, sea urchin spines (admittedly purchased and not found) and some pieces of coral that I've salvaged.
What kind of treasures have you found at the beach?
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